Old Colony’s Brandon Mendez Named Patriots Coach of the Week

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The undefeated Old Colony football team is doing great things this year and the rest of the state is taking notice.

Head Coach Brandon Mendez was named Patriots Coach of the Week on Tuesday after his The Cougars upset a much larger GNB Voc-Tech team 22-14 on Friday night in the very first football meeting between the two SouthCoast professional high schools.

“To be honest, I think I’m still in shock,” said Mendez, who is in his eighth year as head coach. “It’s such a great recognition for the team, the coaches and the school. It is a huge honor. It’s unreal.

The Old Colony football team with Andre Tippett and coach Brandon Mendez, winner of the Coach of the Week award.

Old Colony athletic director Matt Trahan added: “I’m thrilled for Coach Mendez and our program. He richly deserves this recognition. Brandon is a great football coach, but an even better person and a role model for our student-athletes. At Old Colony, we are extremely proud.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett traveled to the Old Colony on Tuesday afternoon to present the award to Mendez during a ceremony in the school’s gymnasium.

NFL Hall of Famer and former New England Patriot Andre Tippett congratulates coach Brandon Mendez on winning the Coach of the Week award.

“The whole team was there in jerseys and the cheerleaders were there in gear as well,” Mendez said. “Andre Tippett is incredible. He’s such a cool guy for who he is. It was a really cool experience.

Tippett said he was impressed with how the Cougars fared in their win over GNB Voc-Tech.

NFL Hall of Famer and former New England Patriot Andre Tippett and coach Brandon Mendez.

“This victory speaks volumes about Coach Mendez and his team,” Tippett said in a press release. “Coming into this game, against a much bigger school, and not flinching at all is impressive. Coach Mendez has done a great job building this program and preparing his team to stand up to this challenge.

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Tippett presented the Old Colony football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Patriots Foundation in honor of Coach Mendez.

The Old Colony football team applauds coach Brandon Mendez for winning the New England Patriots and NFL Coach of the Week awards.

“Kids have a lot of ideas of how they want to spend it,” Mendez joked. “It’s going to be something to give back to the kids.

“I’m so happy for the kids. It’s not just this year. It’s year after year. I have such a large group of alumni and people who have supported us.

The Old Colony football team, cheer squad featuring Andre Tippett and coach Brandon Mendez, winner of the Coach of the Week award.

“The kids were so excited. When I told them, you should have seen the looks on their faces. They’re just as proud to be honest.

Mendez is the first SouthCoast football manager to receive the weekly award since Mark DeBrito of New Bedford High was honored in October 2019.

Coach Paul Mendez shakes hands with Hall of Famer Andre Tippett as they gather to take a photo of the Mendez family with Tippett.  (LR) Paul Mendez, Dylan Mendez, Brandon Mendez and Tippett.

Mendez said it was very nice to receive this honor along with his father, Paul, and son, Dylan.

“Personally, it will always be one of those career highlights that I can always look back on and share with my dad, who coaches with me, and my son who plays with us,” Mendez said. “Sharing with them is special.”

Andre Tippett presents Coach Brandon Mendez with the New England Patriots and NFL Coach of the Week award.

The presentation will be featured on the Patriots’ weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston. It will also be available immediately after the Patriots.com.

This is the 27th year the Patriots have joined the NFL to lead the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England.

Matt Trahan, Old Colony Athletic Director, Brandon Mendez and Andre Tippett.
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